Nothing ends a career in the legal profession faster than the inability to effectively write. Judges increasingly decide the outcomes of cases based entirely and only upon written submissions. Oral arguments are becoming more of the exception rather than the rule. The days of relying on your best attorneys to argue their way to victory are diminishing. It’s an inevitable truth: the outcome of a client’s case may hinge directly on the effectiveness of the attorney’s final written product. If longevity of your career as a legal writing paralegal is important to you, knowing how to write effectively is supremely essential. But beyond its essential nature, it is also unequivocally expected of you. Come learn how to become a more indispensable legal writer to your attorneys and to ensure that longevity remains a reality.
Nicholas Kourvetaris is an attorney at the law firm of O’Hagan Meyer. As a litigator with two decades of experience, Nicholas has served as a trusted legal advisor to a wide range of clients in multiple industries, including business clients, school districts, forest preserve districts, zoological societies, medical centers, homeowners and construction-related entities. He has extensive litigation experience in defense of matters throughout Illinois involving catastrophic bodily injuries and death, premises liability, food poisoning, bed bugs, wage garnishment, contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, dram shop, property damage, construction litigation, and housing, gender and age discrimination.
To date, Nicholas has tried 34 jury trials to verdict in Cook, McHenry and Will counties, including achieving 17 outright defense verdicts (one of which a Cook County jury returned in three minutes after a week-long trial).
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